Sunset Overdrive bills it self as ” an open-world playground of post-apocalyptic possibilities. Vault, grind & wall-run while using a deadly & unconventional arsenal. With hyper-agility, unique weapons, & customizable abilities, it rewrites the rules of shooters while delivering an irreverent adventure.”
So, how does it stack up against this claim? read on to see what we think of Insomniacs latest offering.
Sunset Overdrive Is a chaotic post apocalyptic game set in its own world of Sunset city, controlled by FizzCo who introduced a new energy drink called Overcharge Delirium XT which has transformed everyone into mutated beings called The OD. you’ll find yourself grinding, jumping and bouncing around, whilst blasting the chops off anything that moves with over the top weapons and special moves.It has a feel of a lot of classic games all thrown into one gloriously colourful open world shooter. There are other modes implemented too, for example getting amps for your weapons doesn’t just mean collecting x amount of this and that to upgrade, you also have to defend overdrive vats while your amps are being cooked, which becomes a neat tower defense game. You also take control of a glider at one point having to hit upstreams while chasing an airship.
The character customisation is as wild and as wacky as the gameplay, delivering on the advertised individuality albeit through unlocking more custom items as you progress through the game. The soundtrack is very punk, and lends itself the the anti authority vibe that Sunset Overdrive has. Visualy the game is crisp, although there has been the argument over why it’s not 60fps etc. it is still impressive with a good draw distance and no slowdown while all hell is breaking loose on screen, adds to fluidity of the jump, grind and bounce free running gameplay. The story has more to it in the first 5 minutes than some other games released lately and is good tongue in cheek fun, with little quips and jokes along the way not to mention the colourful language, keeping the game fun and constantly reminding you not to be serious, even dying is fun with the many respawn animations to look forward to when you do.
The games co-op mode aptly named Chaos squad sees you team up with 7 other people either using the games matchmaking system, or setting up your own private session and getting your mates in. Chaos Squad is heavily built on competitive Co-op gameplay, where even being the first to get to the mission marker is announced to the rest of the squad with an on screen message. and a leaderboard pop up after each mission is completed. It’s all great fun, but only if you are chatting and having a laugh with the 7 other players. It’s set in the same map as single player mode, with players voting between missions on what mission to play.
A really great new title that delivers, worthy of playing no matter what you’re into. it has that pick up and play feel aswell as a decent albeit quirky campaign to get your teeth into. with weapons, gameplay and dialogue to rival that of Deadrising and Borderlands.